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Ban it!

Think of the second-hand effects: cat staff getting SCRATCHED! And it could lead to other countries adopting catnip! From you youTube notes: Watch more short films curated by Sundance Institute: youtube.com/screeningroom Written and Directed by Jason Willis. Starring Giovanni Dominice, Neil Kight and Terry Easley. h/t: Aneris

Legalize it!

Since I was a teenager and college student in the Sixties, I’m familiar, as everyone was, with the prevalence of drug use. People often took psychedelic drugs for “spiritual” experiences, but the social drug of choice was marijuana. Everyone I knew, with very few exceptions, used it, nobody was harmed by it, and, at least in my observation, […]

A tight squeeze

by Matthew Cobb After Jerry posted a Russian cat squeezing under a cupboard, here’s a pretty amazing video showing the squeezability of an octopus, which had unfortunately been landed on a boat: Here’s another example, which looks a bit less painful, as the cephalopod is squeezing through a bottleneck rather than some nasty bits of metal: […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Here’s another batch from Steve Pinker’s trip to Uganda. I gather he’s back from Tasmania now, so expect some photos from there. The captions are Pinkah’s A yawning Chlorocebus pygerythrus, aka vervet: Eye contact with Chamaeleonidae (not sure which of the 160 species this is [JAC: can readers help?]): Happy hippo family (Hippopotamus amphibius): Collared lion (Panthera leo) […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

We have three birds today, and from two readers. The first is a female black-chinned hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri) in its true colors, photographed by reader Stephen Barnard in Idaho. His earlier photograph of the same species taken at sunset, which I put right below it, shows the difference in color produced by the light. This morning Stephen then sent a […]

Kentucky about to give tax breaks to Ark Park

. . . and tax breaks for this execrable exhibit, which presents the Ark as fact, are the same as taxpayers’ funding of the park. A new alert from the Freedom from Religion Foundation says this: The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority is expected to give approval tomorrow (Tuesday, July 29) of major tax incentives […]

Religious abuse of children

UPDATE: Reader Mark Sturtevant noted that some of the circumstances surrounding this video are described here, which also shows some other videos. He comments in the thread below. __________ RememberTheTime99 has a series of videos about religious people indoctrinating their kids in faith; this short one (8.5 minutes long) was published on Friday shows a […]

The infatuated leopard experience

Voilà: a gif from The Meta Picture. Their notes: Pardus is a black leopard that is currently a part of the Cheetah Experience, a big cat centre that was founded in 2006 with the long-term goal of breeding cheetahs. Pardus is very enthusiastic about people. Here’s what happens when Pardus notices his favorite zoo keeper is […]

Afghani mullah rapes ten-year-old girl; family wants to kill her

There is no explicit statement in the Qur’an (I don’t know about the hadith) urging or sanctioning “honor killings,” but it’s now become a feature of Islamic culture, and has been justified on religious grounds (in Jordan, attempts to strengthen laws against honor killing were opposed and turned back by Muslim leaders for religious reasons). Virtually every case […]

Philosopher John Gray denigrates reason and promotes religion on the BBC

John N. Gray (b. 1948) is an English political philosopher  who is an emeritus professor at the London School of Economics.  According to Wikipedia, he “contributes regularly to The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplementand the New Statesman, where he is the lead book reviewer.” For a philosopher, Gray shows a curious tendency to denigrate reason and praise faith. We’ve […]

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